Use threads to organize discussions

Threads keep discussions in channels and direct messages (DMs) organized. From any message, you can start a thread to ask a question, add context, or give feedback without disrupting a conversation's flow. A thread will remain connected to its original message, and only those who have contributed or who have followed the thread will be notified of new replies.

Why use threads?

  • Tie your feedback and thoughts to a specific message or file.
  • Organize conversations and preserve meaningful context.
  • Encourage open discussion without distracting others.


Start or reply to a thread

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  1. Hover over the message you'd like to reply to.
  2. Click the  Start a thread icon.
  3. Write your message.
  4. Click Send.
  1. Tap the message you’d like to reply to.
  2. Tap the  Start a thread icon, or tap the Add a reply field to add to an existing thread.
  3. Type your reply.
  4. Tap the   paper plane icon to send your message.
  1. Tap the message you’d like to reply to.
  2. Tap the  Start a thread icon, or tap the Add a reply field to add to an existing thread.
  3. Type your reply.
  4. Tap the   paper plane icon to send your message.

To share a reply back to channel or direct message conversation, check the box below your message before sending it (this option won’t be available if your message includes a slash command).

Note: Using an @here or @channel mention in a thread won’t notify members of the channel.


Follow or unfollow a thread

If you start or reply to a thread, or you’re mentioned in the original message, you’ll automatically get notified when new replies are added. For a thread you haven’t engaged with, you can also choose to follow it to stay in the loop. You can unfollow a thread at any point to stop notifications for new activity.

Follow a thread

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  1. Hover over the thread you'd like to follow.
  2. Click the  three dots icon.
  3. Select Follow thread from the menu to receive notifications for all new threaded replies.
  1. Tap the thread you'd like to follow.
  2. Click the  three dots icon below the original message.
  3. Tap  Follow Thread.
  1. Tap the thread you'd like to follow.
  2. Click the  three dots icon below the original message.
  3. Tap  Follow Thread.

Unfollow a thread

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  1. Hover over the thread you'd like to unfollow.
  2. Click the  three dots icon.
  3. Select Unfollow thread.
  1. Tap the thread you'd like to unfollow.
  2. Click the  three dots icon below the original message.
  3. Tap  Unfollow Thread.
  1. Tap the thread you'd like to unfollow.
  2. Click the  three dots icon below the original message.
  3. Tap  Unfollow Thread.


View all thread replies

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Select Threads at the top of your left sidebar to see all the conversations you’re following.

  • Threads with unread replies will appear at the top of the list.
  • Reply to any thread, or select one to open it in the original channel. 
  • Unfollow a thread if you'd no longer like to be notified of new replies.
From the  Home tab, tap Threads at the top of your screen to see all the conversations you're following.
  • Threads with unread replies will appear at the top of the list.
  • To add to a thread, tap Reply.
  • Unfollow a thread if you'd no longer like to be notified of new replies.
From the  Home tab, tap Threads at the top of your screen to see all the conversations you're following.
  • Threads with unread replies will appear at the top of the list.
  • To add to a thread, tap Reply.
  • Unfollow a thread if you'd no longer like to be notified of new replies.


Tips for using threads

  • Threading vs. sharing messages.
    Threads work best when you want to keep your response connected to the original idea or file. Sharing a message is best used to rekindle past conversations or start a conversation about a message in a new channel or DM.
  • Threads are sticky.
    When you share a message or file, any threaded replies will be shared along with them. This keeps the conversation about a topic ready and accessible.
  • Avoid hiding information in threads.
    A thread's discussion won't appear in a channel's main view unless you share your reply with the channel. If other members would benefit from seeing your message, share it in the channel rather than in a thread.
Who can use this feature?
  • All members and guests
  • FreeStandardPlus, and Enterprise Grid plans